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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Proverbs Introduction


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Book Introduction - Proverbs

This collection of sententious sayings is divine wisdom applied to the earthly conditions of the people of God. That the Proverbs were Solomon's (Pro 1:1) implies no more than that he gathered into orderly arrangement sayings already current amongst the people, the wisdom of the Spirit, perhaps through many centuries (Ecc 12:9). Chapters 25-29 were current in Hezekiah's time (Ecc 25:1). Chapters 30 and 31 are by Agur and Lemuel.

The book is in six parts:

1. To sons (Proverbs 1-7).

2. The praise of wisdom (Proverbs 8-9).

3. The folly of sin (Proverbs 10-19).

4. Warnings and instructions (Proverbs 20-29).

5. The words of Agur (Proverbs 30).

6. The words of King Lemuel (Proverbs 31).

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